Second, it suggests that you are trying to hide money from the IRS, and that can lead to serious legal problems down the line.
While it’s true that keeping cash in a safe deposit box is not illegal, many banks have adopted policies that forbid the practice outright.
Can the government get into your safety deposit box?
Unlike normal deposit, checking or savings accounts at a bank, safe deposit boxes are not FDIC insured (though you can purchase private insurance). Typically, a bank will not be able to open a safe deposit box without the consent of the customer, or a court order and a locksmith.
How much does it cost to rent a safe deposit box?
The cost to rent a safety deposit box depends on the size of the box and location of your bank, ranging from about $20 for a small box to $200 for a large one.
How do safety deposit boxes work?
A safe deposit box is a locked storage bin, usually in a vault or secure area, that banks and credit unions rent. Typically, customers receive a key, and must check in with a bank employee, who uses a second “guard” key in tandem with the customer’s key, to unlock the box.
What happens to safety deposit boxes when bank fails?
You can store personal possessions, legal documents, jewelry and even cash in a bank safe deposit box. When a bank becomes insolvent or goes bankrupt, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation shuts down the bank’s operations and seizes control of its assets.